Calliope's Wings (crochet) - by Malaika Gabriel - from Twisted
This pattern was originally published as Twisted’s contribution to the 2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl in Portland, Oregon. The pattern is also part of the Rose City Yarn Crawl's 2020 Pattern Collection: Birds of the Pacific Northwest.
This airy triangular crocheted shawl features lush texture and delicate scalloped edging. It is inspired by the Calliope Hummingbird, in turn named for the wisest Greek muse. Notable as the smallest birds in North America, their glossy green and iridescent magenta feathers encourage bold color choices when crocheting your own wings. The Audubon Society predicts that climate change will largely push Calliopes out of their summer nesting habitat in Oregon’s high mountain meadows by 2080.
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800 yards fingering-weight yarn, optionally split between two colors (400 yards each).
US E/3.5mm crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
Blocked gauge for mesh fabric is approximately 17 sts and 7.5 rows = 4”/10 cm.
Blocked gauge for solid fabric is approximately 17 sts and 18 rows = 4”/10 cm.
~This shawl is stretchy enough to make specifying gauge a challenge. Exactly matching the stated gauge is not crucial for form or function, but will affect finished size and yarn usage.
62”/158 cm wide and 26”/66 cm deep at tallest point after blocking
58”/147 cm wide and 35”/89 cm deep at tallest point before blocking
~Garment is very stretchy, so blocking will drastically affect the final size